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Naeem Khan on India’s Future in Luxury

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Indian-born designer Naeem Khan, who is best known for dressing the likes of Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga gave a talk at the French Institute Alliance Française last week in Paris. The designer candidly spoke of his most recent Lakme Fashion Week show, saying that his mother cried in the front row while he was "anxiety-ridden." Highlighting India's large pool of skilled embroiderers, Khan plead a convincing case for the future of India's luxury market, offering his hopes for the fashion industry's future in the nation. Khan's fashion career is deeply rooted in the Indian textile tradition, his grandfather started the family's textile business and along with Khan's father was known for making beautiful clothes for the royal families. It was his family's connections that led the then teenage Khan to work for Halston as an apprentice, and the rest as they say, is history. Khan also revealed that plans to open a store in India are in the works. Naeem-Khan-Fall-2013-Collection5 On dressing the First Lady for her first State dinner Khan said “it was a total life-changing experience.” He told the story of the first time he saw her wearing his clothes on television, humorously recalling jumping out of the shower in sheer excitement. “I’m so happy that she likes my things—I don’t even know what to say!” he added. The talk was open to the public for the price of $25. If we were in Paris that night, we'd surely have attended to hear the musings of this legend in the making.

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